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November 2016
This newsletter is dedicated to 19 year old Jonathan Zollinger, a former Ravenwood student who passed away in a tragic car accident on November 15. Jon and his siblings were part of our school community for many years.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and loved ones. 
Principal's Corner
Ravenwood is a school where good things abound, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to be the lead learner of this school community. We have awesome students, supportive families, and wonderful school business partners.  Just yesterday, I was overwhelmed to accept a check from our PTA for $21, 222.69 to support our technology and STEM lab development (proceeds from the Trek for Tech this fall).  I hope Ravenwood Elementary School makes your grateful list!   

Did you know that an attitude of gratitude can measurably change people’s lives?  According to University of California Psychology Professor Dr. Robert Emmons, “gratitude helps us cope better with stress, gives us greater health, and increases positive feelings of hope, peace, and happiness.” Good is everywhere; it’s a matter of being conscious to its presence.

If you are looking for a great source of inspiration this Thanksgiving season, I invite you to watch “A Good Day” narrated by Brother David Steindl-Rast (see below). Nearing 90, Brother David has lived through a world war, the takeover of his country, and his TED talk on gratitude has received more than five million views.  Enjoy the video or check out his website, to inspire your “attitude of gratitude.”

Thank you for taking a few minutes find out more about tomorrow night’s PTA Family Movie Night, the 5th Annual Turkey Trot, JNYO, and so much more!

On behalf of grateful staff, we wish all of our students and their families a Happy Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Bautista

"A Good Day" With Brother David Steindl-Rast

PTA Family Movie Night - Friday, November 18th

Join us in a galaxy far, far away .....

for our Star Wars Family Movie Night!

Doors open at 6:00pm 

Movie starts at 6:30pm

Pizza, popcorn, candy and drinks are available for purchase.  

Come in Costume

..but please leave your lightsaber at home!

May the Force be with you!

The 5th Annual Ravenwood Elementary Turkey Trot is Wednesday, November 23rd.  Join us for one of Ravenwood’s family fun traditions to raise funds for our PE department, and get your metabolism up before your Thanksgiving feast.  Run, walk, or waddle together as a family for either ½ or 1 mile distance loop around the Ptarmigan/Raven Drive near our school.  Bring headlamps or flashlights! As an added treat and opportunity to visit with other families join us in the gym for hot cocoa, cider, and chili.  RETURN PERMISSION SLIP WITH PAYMENT BEFORE NOV 23 to help us plan for the number of families planning to attend.  Please make checks payable to Ravenwood PTA. 
BRICKS 4 KIDZ -  begins this week! Students use Lego bricks to learn the FUNdamentals of STEM (Science Technology Engineering, and Math).  The Monday (K/1st grade) and Tuesday (2/3 grade) clubs are FULL; however, we added student spaces for another K/1 club to meet on Wednesdays.   Click on the above link to register for a K/1 or 4-6 grade Wednesday club, or contact the school for scholarship information.

Interviewing For A New Librarian
Our librarian was granted medical leave for the remainder of the school year, so a team of staff members, including two student representatives (Ella Lukasik and Connor Slocombe) will be interviewing final candidates to find the best possible librarian for our school community.  Stay tuned!
Playaway Audiobook Devices
Thanks to our PTA, we have a number of audiobook devices called Playaways.  Similar to an MP3 player, each device contains a single audio book. These devices are available for check out, along with a print copy of the book for students to read along while they listen. Due to the cost of replacing these items, Parent/guardian permission is required before student check out.  Playaway policy and guidelines forms are available and must be returned to the library by interested families before check out. 

Ravenwood PTA Monthly Update

Dear Families,
  October was another great month for the PTA and our school!  The big event this month was Harvest Festival.   I want to take a moment to publically thank all of our volunteers: teachers, students, parents, Boy Scouts, and the Air Force Junior ROTC. We had over 700 people participate in Harvest Festival, and we made over $1,000 for the PTA.   November and December are going to be extremely busy with all of the upcoming events. 

Thank you so much for all of your support! Please join us in the upcoming events.

Take Care,
Brad Carlson
PTA President

Upcoming Events
PTA Meeting, Wednesday, November 16,  4:30 pm to 5:30pm
Star Wars Movie Night: Friday, November 18, 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Turkey Trot, Wednesday, November 23,  5 pm to 7 pm
Holiday Bazaar, Saturday, December 3, 10:00  am to 7:00 pm

Find Us and Get Connected!
Facebook: Ravenwood Elementary Group

  • Please keep dogs at home to avoid a potential risk to students.  
  • Use caution in the parking lot - 5 mph., follow the signs/traffic flow, and stay focused (don't drive distracted).
  • Honor the designated Preschool Parking spaces so our tiny tots can get in and out of their cars safely.
  • In the car rider loop, please DO NOT get out of your vehicles. Just "stop, drop, and roll" to keep the traffic flowing. If you need to assist with seat belts, please use the parking lot.
 Anchorage School District is providing new electronic options to communicate quickly and easily with our families. You can receive texts from your school and from the district for late bus information, weather related school closures, important school news and events. Click on the link to opt-in for this new feature.
Lunch Account Balances
You can now get notification when your child’s lunch account balance runs low. Parents can enter information in Zangle ParentConnection to receive an email or phone call once their child's balance is below the threshold that the parent sets. Once logged in to Zangle, select Online Payments and then Student Balance Notifications.

Neighborhood Thanksgiving Blessing - for help putting a turkey and the trimming on your table see details for Nov. 21 pick-up at the link:

GEOGRAPHY SPIRIT DAY – This week is Geography Awareness Week, which ushers in our next Student Council Spirit Day – students are encouraged to wear clothes representing their culture, or at the least clothing bearing the name of a place they've visited.  Alaska grown, anyone?!
THANKFUL GRAMS Student Council sold Thankful grams during lunch time.  Each paper gram comes with a lollipop and can be personalized with a special message and will be delivered to classes next week.  
We kicked off Native Alaska and American Indian Heritage Month with an assembly hosted by Nicole Johnston (Head Official with Native Youth Olympics), joined by Stuart and Jake (NYO athletes).  Students continue to learn and refine their skills in a variety of native youth events in preparation for our Jr. NYO team at the end of the month.    
We're in need of some additional caring adults for NOON DUTY SUPERVISORS at Ravenwood!  It pays $10 an hour for 11:00 - 1:30 daily.  If you are interested, contact the office at 742-3250.  

Events Calendar

Nov is Alaska Native and American Indian Heritage Month
Nov. 14 - 16 - Bricks4Kidz Clubs begin, 3:35-4:30 (online Registration required)
Nov. 17 - Japanese Music Assembly, 4 – 6 grades @ 1:45 
Nov. 18 - Student Council Spirt Day - Geography Awareness Theme 
Nov. 18 - PTA Family Movie Night, 6 - 8 p.m.
Nov. 22 - Japanese Art Presentations in Art Classes – 10:20 and 2:20 (Hunter and Theriault)
Nov. 23 - Family Turkey Trot 
Nov. 24-25 - Thanksgiving Holidays/No School
Nov. 30 - JNYO Tryouts
Dec. 2 - Choir sings at Eagle River Tree Lighting Ceremony
Dec. 6 - Jan. 26 - Active Kids Club 
Dec. 7, 14, 21, Jan. 11, 18, 25  - JNYO Practices
Dec. 14 - Select Choir "on the road" to sing at ASD Ed. Ctr and Providence Cancer Center
Dec. 15 = Joint Musical Program (Band, Orchestra, Choir, and Chimes), 6 p.m.
Dec. 21 - Select Choir sings for I-40th Calvary Squadron at JBER
Dec. 23 - No School for students /Teacher Grade Day
Dec 24 - Jan. 8 Winter Holiday Break - No School 

Thank you business partners!!

Anchorage School Board
Tam Agosti-Gisler, president
Elisa Snelling, vice president
Starr Marsett, clerk
Kathleen Plunkett, treasurer
Bettye Davis
Pat Higgins
Kameron Perez-Verdia
ASD Superintendent
Dr. Deena Paramo

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90% attendance
90% parent recommendation
100% safety
Operational efficiency
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